Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pre-Christmas Catch Up

Since sending out our last parcels we have had a busy few days:
Lots of present shopping has been done
The Christmas Tree and decorations have been put up
The house got cleaned 
The BIG food shop has been squished into the fridge & cupboards
We spent yesterday with my Mum & Dad, which was FANTASTIC :-)
AND the barn's makeover is getting there, slowly!
Ready for some photos?
 My new fabric shelves
 A rainbow of ribbon spools
 A rainbow of felt balls
 And a rainbow of Bubble Buttons.
I am in drawer filling  heaven (although it is taking me FOREVER!!)

Friday, December 19, 2014


Phew-ee!  John and I were packing parcels till the last minute today - but they all got finished and are in the sacks waiting for the postman to collect (he'll be here in 10 minutes)
We're not sending parcels out again until January but we will still be here for the next few days, working on all the other jobs...I have drawers to fill (yay!)  and accounts to do (12 weeks worth - boo!)  and all sorts of other jobs that have been put off during the busy season...I really do need to write myself a list!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Countdown :: 1

Order before 9am Friday 19th December 2014 to make sure your order is posted before we close.
The website will remain open throughout the holiday and orders placed whilst we are shut will be posted upon our return Monday 5th January 2015.
yay! it's nearly Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sparkle Time

Glitter Material is here
Glitter Ribbons are here
Sequins are here
Glitter is here
Metallic Twine is here
Sparkle Bows are here
Glitter 'Bulb' buttons are here

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Countdown

Festive (and not so festive!) crafty bits and bobs can be found by clicking here

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Countdown

3mm, 5mm & 7mm Scallop Scissors :: £15 a pair :: on the website here

Sunday, December 14, 2014


We were going to leave the new (to us) furniture in a pile until the New Year - but John and I both wanted to do the Big Furniture Swap over Right Now. ....so this weekend we began.....
 We moved everything....space got cleared....
 ...spaces were filled....
 ...even the post sack cage became a temporary fabric moving device :-)
 John did a lot of expert carpentry ... building plinths for it all to sit on, and making fine adjustments because this old barn does not have a flat floor ;-)
 All of our new drawers and cabinets were built bespoke for a Chemist's shop in Germany....every drawer is numbered and has a corresponding numbered compartment to hold it. 
 There are lots (and lots) of drawers and cupboards and some massive shelf units....one of which is now home to Buttons .... I have yet to put anything in the drawers which is why it's like this!
 We're not finished (far from it!) but all the heavy lifting and furniture shifting is done .... and all the stock is near where it will end up!  All the drawers have adjustable compartments so I figure it will take me quite some time to get it all *just so*  :-)
And look!  These button drawers were purchased before we moved to the barn -  don't they match the Chemist's drawers perfectly?

Friday, December 12, 2014

it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

We are open and posting as normal through to Friday 19th December. 
The cut-off time for last minute orders to be posted before we go close for Christmas is
9am on FRIDAY 19th December 2014.
Our website will remain open during the Christmas Holiday and all orders will be posted when we return on Monday January 5th 2015.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

we have drawers!

Our drawers have arrived!

 You can't really see them in all their glory yet.....we left them neatly stacked whilst we got on with the day's work ....orders got picked, packed and posted and a last minute John Lewis order finished off....
 ....a 6.30am start sure does allow you to cram in a lot of work (and it definitely adds to the bags under your eyes!!)
I'll be sure to keep you up to date with Drawer News as it happens (can you tell I'm excited!)

Saturday, December 06, 2014

website changes

It's Christmas season - hooray!
Which means some changes have happened on the website....I am no longer taking orders for Handmade Items or Die Cut items - everything in both of those categories has been put as Out of Stock. 
The paper-and-string Gift Guide is now live - with all sorts of crafty loveliness that's just perfect for gifting at Christmas (or gifting yourself if you're sure you deserve it!)
The Christmas Gift Guide has  new *new* new  6" rainbow packs of printed felt...
 ...you just need to choose between stripes, hearts or dots!
Quick link :: the gift guide is here

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christmas Buttons

Red Polka Dot Buttons flew out of here last week .... so I placed a rush order before the weekend and here they are in all their Christmassy glory::

I also filled up on white teeny tinies AND teeny tiny Christmas Polka Dots.... they are all on the website already - sorry if you tried to buy some over the weekend and got an 'out of stock' message, you won't get one now!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

thank you Monty ;-)

We're selling more Penguin Kits than ever this Christmas - John Lewis have definitely ordered more this year AND customers have gone penguin bonkers on our own website too!
The Monty advert definitely means Penguins are at the front of people's minds when out shopping....
....especially when they are buying snacks to keep them going through their mammoth kit-making weekend ;-)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

kits everywhere!

it's the time of year when we work on kits every spare minute::
Kits before....
 and after! :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A facebook Milestone Giveaway

we've stormed through 6000 likes on Facebook - which means it's time for a BIG thank you giveaway!
I've put together a very very Christmas-y bundle of goodies for one lucky winner - you can onnly enter on my facebook page so pop on over there if you'd like to join in :-) THE PRIZE ::
3 x premium felt mini rolls
3x polka dot felt squares
3 x fabric fat quarters
3 x glitter material sheets
1x advent calender kit (+ polka dot bags)
1x paper-and-string Penguin Sewing Kit
3x mini storage boxes
lots of buttons
lots of ribbons and trims
3x doodle pop Stickers
1x mini tree branch garland
lots of wooden & felt embellishments
1x pack of coloured jingle bells
1x mini hoop
1x pack of mini pegs
leave a comment on my facebook page to enter
one entry per person
no tagging - I'll delete it - but feel free to share if you wish
winner will be announced on my facebook page and the winner must send a message to claim their prize (otherwise I will draw another winner and that would be sad!)
postage to anywhere in the world is included in the prize
Sunday 23rd November 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

stocking up

I can't keep up with keeping my website full up - but I'm trying my hardest ;-)
today has been a mammoth shop update day.....lots of refilled product and a few new things too....cue a lot of photos (and a lot of links for you)  ::
 elephant buttons HERE
 toadstool buttons HERE
 Glitter Material sheets and mini rolls in 6 more colours HERE
there wouldn't be glitter material at paper-and-string without John working so hard - so a BIG glittery thank you JOHN :-)
 all the printed felt (looking ace in the barn!) HERE
 baker's twines HERE

tiny Christmas HERE
 pom pom makers HERE
 freezer paper HERE
 a rainbow of mini brads HERE
 bumble bee brads HERE
...and more sequins HERE
and now I'm off to sew....cheerio  xxx